This Week in Open

This week’s news roundup and events list brings more than just graduations and pollen. To keep up with the growing open data ecosystem in Northeast Ohio, sign up for our blog feed, follow us on Twitter or visit and like us on Facebook.


In honor of Memorial Day, please check out the Veterans Affairs open data portal. Its features include VA facility location, a nationwide list of assistance for homeless Vets and caregiver services.

The White House Police Data Initiative launch could not have come at a better time as Cuyahoga County Court of Common Please Judge John P. O’Donnell announced his decision in the Michael Brelo trial. (Pop quiz: Is the decision document open, transparent, both or neither?)

Over in Congress, U.S. Representative Darrell Issa introduced legislation on Tuesday (5/20) that would mandate data standards and more for federal regulatory agencies. However, at least one of the targeted agencies exists specifically to handle municipal matters and the local government implications are direct.

Meanwhile, although the Ohio Checkbook gets buzz, our state’s House of Representatives heard testimony for HB 130, the Data Ohio initiative. It came from one of the most respected Ohio figures in government open data, long-time Portage County Chief Information Officer, Brian Kelley. Brian kindly shared his testimony with us. You can read it at this link: DataOhio Initiative Legislation Testimony


MAY 29 and May 30: Hack Cleveland‘s first event, #Fix216, is nearly here and the Plain Dealer has published this op-ed by them. It explains exactly why what they’re doing is the antidote to the emotions many of us are feeling post-Brelo. You can register here.

JUNE 6: The free Cleveland Mini Maker Faire, from 10am-4pm at the main Cleveland Public Library (CPL), is put on by CPL and Ingenuity Festival. What is a maker faire?

…a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters and homesteaders to scientists and garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

JUNE 6 is also the National Day of Civic Hacking and Code for Cleveland (aka Open Cleveland) will be hosting activities at the Cleveland Public Library. They’ll have hands-on civic hacking projects for kids and adults like editing lOpenStreetMap, a free global map (think: Wikipedia of open maps), drawing a map of your neighborhood’s boundaries and more. They’ll also demo existing civic hacking apps and talk about how tech and open data can influence our community positively (I think that might be us!). Sign up here.

DISCOUNT NOW AVAILABLE for the City Club of Cleveland’s forum on Thursday, July 16, featuring Dustin Haisler. Haisler was a CIO in the early age of muni CIOs and continues to inform the public sector about the use of tech for good and better government. Register as a nonmember, use the discount code OpenNEO15 and get 20% off.

Did you miss the May 19 presentation by Doug Cutting on big data visit? Check out the Storify of it here, including the marvelous graphic recording.

And if you didn’t make it to the May 20 TechniCLE Speaking event, you can follow what happened there here.

Do you know of open data-oriented events that should be publicized? Let us know and we will.


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